If you feel that you have been treated unfairly at work because you're a carer, read our advice on what to do.
You’re entitled to feel safe and supported in the workplace and should not be harassed or treated less favourably, by your employer or other colleagues, because of your caring role. The law protects people from discrimination due to their age or disability. If you are caring for someone who is protected by the law you are also protected by ‘association’.
If you think you've experienced harassment or discrimination as a result of being a carer – for example, if you have missed out on a promotion or feel intimidated or degraded by comments made by other staff, there are a number of different steps you can take.
- Try talking to your manager about the problem.
- Raise a formal grievance if you're not happy with your manager's response.
- Go to an employment tribunal if all else fails.
If you’re unsure about your rights at work or what action to take, ACAS or your trade union representative can give you advice on what to do. It can also be helpful to seek support from other carers who have been in the same situation, for example on online forums such as Carers UK. In our list of Useful organisations and websites, you can find information on how to go to an employment tribunal.
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- Challenging local authority and NHS assessments: Read this guide if you or the person you look after are unhappy with a decision relating to their care needs.
- Benefits for carers: Find out if you're getting all financial assistance you’re entitled too.
- Looking after yourself: Caring can be very difficult at times, make sure you take care of your own needs as well.
Page last reviewed: October 2017
The information provided on this page does not constitute legal advice: you should consider obtaining guidance on your specific circumstances before taking any action.